Why Every Business Needs a Plan B
I was likely not alone, last night, in watching – in mounting disbelief – the progress of the UK’s Brexit vote. I wouldn’t normally allow politics to feature in a business blog but there was one thing (among many, many others) that seemed apparent in the process and immediate aftermath – there was no Plan B! I should immediately qualify this by saying this was only my impression, and – for the sake of the British people – I sincerely hope I am wrong, but it appeared that neither the ‘Leave’ campaigners nor the government had any kind of concrete plan for moving forward in the event of a ‘Leave’ win. The immediate fallout is a dramatic fall in the pound sterling and in stocks worldwide – no doubt this is j ...
When is it Time to Call in a Professional?
If you read our post from a couple of weeks ago – A Big Move – you may remember my extolling the virtues of hiring professionals for some tasks; this can often almost pay for itself when you consider the big picture. You can also select the level of professional help that will suit you and get the job done while also keeping within your budget. Take a house or office move as a perfect analogy. When you’re moving homes you can choose from a range of options as to how you will physically move your furniture and precious belongings from house A to house B. Other factors, such as the proximity or otherwise of the two houses will enter into the equation; however, you can basically select a ‘bargain basement’-, bronze-, silver- or gold-level service depending ...
The Pleasures and Perils of Working From Home
Working from home has seemingly never been more prevalent, with many businesses offering at least some flexibility to their employees. Whether you run a home-based business or you tele-commute, working from home has many attractions and obvious benefits. But is it all as wonderful as it sounds? We take a look at both sides of the issue: The pleasures: No commuting (with possibly a huge saving in gas or transit costs, not to mention time spent on the road and a reduction in one’s carbon footprint – all good!) Flexible hours – this may depend on the nature of your business or the rules set by your employer but having flexibility of scheduling is one of the greatest pleasures. You can attend school meetings and children’s sports activities, make doctors’ appointm ...